All Up first entry April 10, 2017
I write behind-the-scenes sagas. I used to do it in nonfiction when I worked for George Lucas at Lucasfilm. I wrote The Making of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. I also wrote The Complete Making of Indiana Jones. Though I was writing nonfiction, I was telling a story. Same problems: pacing, dialogue, drama. I had to keep the reader’s attention. A few of these were NY Times best-sellers.
Now I’m telling the behind-the-scenes story of the first Space Age, a true story. About 85% of the book is historically verifiable. But I’m doing it as a novel, so I can get into the heads of these historic personages, from Wernher von Braun, Jack Parsons, and Sergei Pavlovich Korolev to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. This way, I can also delve into the more esoteric material, such as Freemasonry, cover-ups, and extra-terrestrials and alien ships, which are nearly impossible to verify 100% in the nonfiction world, but which find their places easily in a novel.
It’s an epic. Probably around 900 pages when published—but I promise it’s not boring. It’s for those who want deeper meanings, who want to look beyond what is, but who also want some solid entertainment. It’s taken me more than three years of research and writing to do it. A life-long goal ever since I visited the space museum in Huntsville and saw that many of the original rocketeers were former Nazis. You can see my complete research bibliograpy at jwrinzler.com.
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